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December 02, 2004


Andy Wibbels

Just making sure you knew about Wiki News. Some similar dynamics at work.


Yes I'm very aware of wiki news (commented on it last month here)... this would not be the same. For one thing, my ideal news organization would not rely on collaborative citizen-editing. The editing would be professional. Why? Because I don't think its possible to produce a timely news site when you're trying to edit-by-committee.

Mark Glaser

Nice addition, Rebecca. You're on the right track with the Global News Department. I especially think having people on the ground in these countries who actually live and work there -- and are natives -- makes a huge difference in understanding what's going on there. Plus, I also agree on having professional editors vs. the wiki model, but there might be a way to use wikis as adjuncts or reference material, if done right.
When the funding comes in, I'll let you know!


Thanks Mark. Look forward to hearing more!!
I agree, wikis for additional, supplementary reference material - and perhaps as a "tipster" forum - could be useful.


Hiyaz..... skimmed and enjoyed the "Participatory World News" item. This seems reminiscent of an essay -- I believe it was from Salon, I can't quite recall now -- calling for CNN to be bought from Time Warner and set up autonomously as a public trust (consider phoning Turner and Soros, methinks).

Jozef Imrich

Ach, Networks need to bring more imagination -- and more elbow grease -- to the table in order to avoid becoming even more of an electronic wire service Who gets home from work in time to watch network news?

Jon Husband

yeah ... me.

I often wonder if blogs, and wikis, and the blogosphere ... and whatever this all becomes in another 2, 3, ... 5 years ... is what public television should have been (here in Canada, there's always been a bit of a tip o' the hat to "the common good" by having community-based channels offered by the major cable providers, as part of their licensing deal from our equivalent of the FCC).

yes, i want the two-wayness of the Web reflected in news, and yes, i want ethics and standards in the mix in terms of what I understand is news and investigative reporting ... and I think we see the "early weak signals" of this in the ways that the dynamics of blogging are evolving. Bullshit is recognizable, as is the excellent work done by many bloggers ... with basic resources such as an income, I'll bet that many bloggers can put many established journalists to shame.

And back to the two-wayness. I have been privileged to watch many blog hosts turn out to be very very good facilitators of dialogue in the comments sections of their blogs, and I believe much "learning" and building of awareness is created by the conversations, discussions and dialogues (there's a difference between each of these three) that are hosted and encouraged to flourish (or not).

I think that this ubiquitously available two-wayness will come to redefine some important elements of what we understand today as "expertise".

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